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LaKisha Ballinger

Position: Kindergarten Teacher
School: Baker Elementary School
School District: Jackson Public Schools
City, State: Jackson, MS

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LaKisha Ballinger was nominated by Tonya Rose, a family member.

Ms. Ballinger became a teacher to help children learn and succeed in life. She has a passion for making a difference in her school and in the community where she lives. She helps with the Girl Scout Troops of America and is a positive role model. Ms. Ballinger encourages others to fulfill their potential by studying and working hard. She goes above and beyond to teach her students the skills they need to achieve their education. Ms. Ballinger is a team leader at her school. She enjoys her job and works hard at it.



Comments (78)


LaKreisha Johnson Posted 3 months ago

Ms. Ballinger is a very sweet, loving, and caring person. She strives her very best to be the best teacher she can. The success of her students comes from her hard work and determination. You can always catch her doing something unique to make sure her students have gained the material that has been taught. I can truly say she is deserving on this award.

Janice Knotts Posted 3 months ago

LaKisha has really shown attributes of being a life changer with the scholars she teach everyday. She is very energetic and compassionate to those that she encounters on a daily basis. Being a servant leader has become a way of life for her. Truly she is a life changer. She is the perfect candidate for this nomination.

Stephanie Harper Posted 4 months ago

I have had the pleasure of knowing Ms. Ballinger for 3 years. She has been the same caring, passionate, and supportive person since the day I met her. Her love for her students and the students of Baker shows through her hardwork and determination to make sure that all students are successful.

Kimberly McAfee Posted 4 months ago

Ms. Ballinger is a wonderful example of how to care for and be a leader for her students. She makes sure all of her students have what they need and teaches them how to conduct themselves in and outside the classroom. She is passionate about ensuring that her students are learning and grasping certain concepts being taught. Her students know what she expects of them and how to do what is asked of them. Ms. Ballinger is the perfect candidate for this award because she gives her all each day to go above and beyond.

Leslie Kemp Posted 4 months ago

Ms. Ballinger is a master educator. Her ability to reach her students is a strength that is recognized by every person she meets. Students love her because she is kind, loving, and cares about them. She gets to know every student in her classes. She possesses the gift of finding each child’s unique strength to help them overcome their struggles. She puts her heart into everything that she does. Ms. Ballinger is the perfect choice for this prestigious award.

Juanita W. Posted 4 months ago

LaKisha is a wonderful young lady who I meet about almost two years ago. She is a person who loves kids and enjoying do her job to make sure our youth gets a great start at there education. My nephew goes to the school and is the classroom across from her and is she make sure to check on him and let me know how he is doing. Congratulations you are a great person to get nominated and win. Go luck.

Kim Maxie Posted 4 months ago

Ms. Ballinger is literally one of the BEST Kindergarten teachers. She always goes over and beyond for her students. I'm patiently waiting for my 2 year old to be taught by her at Baker Elementary. #LCOY #BallingerRocks

Krystal Powell Posted 4 months ago

I have 3 little ones and Mrs Ballinger taught two of them at Baker Elementary. She was one of the best teachers there, she really care about your child and went out her way to make sure they got everything they needed to move forward in their young life’s. I admire her so much and very thankful for her cause I was a young mother and she always told me how great I was doing and what I could do to help my babies at the time in they new learning path...

Selena Haywood Posted 4 months ago

...many are called but only a few are chosen. Not everyone was built to impact lives the way you have and do daily. Keep up the great work and know that you are an inspiration to your children and anyone that knows you. I’m proud of you.

Pamela Lee Posted 4 months ago

Ms. Ballinger is a wonderful, inspirational, and loving teacher. All the years that I’ve known her, she has loved and taught all the scholars under her care as they were her own. She is wonderful to watch. The way she gets the scholars engaged and keeps them focused is masterful. I’ve learned so much from her over the years. She’s an inspiration to all that know her. She inspires her scholars to do and be their best everyday. She also inspires her co-workers to do and be their best by setting and living the example in front of us all.

Felicia Campbell Posted 4 months ago

Teachers don’t just teach children. They help prepare them for the world ahead! Life skills starts as early as Kindergarten. And LaKesha Ballinger has always had a heart for children. She’s very warm and welcoming and knows how to calm a worried little soul. My, now eight year old, is very sensitive and an over achiever, but Ballinger had a way of calming her spirit. She calls every child she encounters “her baby” and will shower them with love as well as boost their confidence in believing they can conquer all they put their minds to. She’s so deserving of being recognized and Receive this amazing award for her hard work and dedication to our future generations. She’s appreciated for all she do! Her work goes beyond the classroom!

Tinesha Stewart Posted 4 months ago

I've had to pleasure of knowing Ms. Ballinger for 8 years. Having a niece that was once in her kindergarten class and now my daughter is in her class. Ms. Ballinger is an excellent teacher she loves her children and her children loves her. Ms. Ballinger goes over and beyond answering questions for me and informing me of the tools that I can use to insure that my child succeed. I believe that Ms. Ballinger will be a great candidate for the life changer of the year.

Tiffany Bronson Posted 4 months ago

Ms.Ballinger is the Best at what she does! Shes an awesome teacher she treats those babies like they're her own My daughter still talks about her When you leave a good impression on ppl and show love they will always remember you! Thanks Ms.Ballinger for being so awesome?

Leslie Kemp Posted 4 months ago

Ms. Ballinger is a master educator. Her ability to reach her students is a strength that is recognized by every person she meets. Students love her because she is kind, loving, and cares about them. She gets to know every student in her classes. She possesses the gift of finding each child’s unique strength to help them overcome their struggles. She puts her heart into everything that she does. Ms. Ballinger is the perfect choice for this prestigious award.

Jessie Windom Posted 4 months ago

La Kisha Ballinger is a young lady who desires to be a great teacher. I have never met anyone who loves children as much as her. She desires to prepare them for the first grade, for life, and tries to instruct them in the way of the Lord. She loves to buy them treats, Christmas presents, and even end of the year treats. What she puts into them in kindergarten, she wants it to stay with them for life. She dresses appropriate for school and wants to be a role model for them. She knows how to get their attention without getting obscene or rude. She loves her church, she sings with the Young Adult Choir at Black Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. La Kisha believes in the scripture: Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) She not only loves her students but children everywhere. If there is a need, La Kisha will go out of her way to help meet the need.(clothing, food, etc.) It is naturally in her to teach and love children. I strongly nominate La Kisha for this award. She truly deserves this honor.

Ontaria Posted 4 months ago

La Keisha Ballinger is an amazing person. She loves kids and she treats all kids that she comes across as if there her own. She loves to teach kids. If anyone deserves this award it's her .

Jacouria Love Posted 4 months ago

Ms. Ballinger is a wonderful person inside and out. She has a great passion for children, and will spoil them rotten even if their parents say no lol. A great teacher, friend, and church member with a heart of Gold ??

Jessie Fizer Posted 4 months ago

La Kisha is a wonderful, beautiful person. She truly loves her "babies" as she often refers to her students. I have witnessed her purchase lots of things for her class including clothes, supplies, and even underclothes. Teaching is her passion and she does her best to ensure each child has their basic needs met so they can focus on learning. La Kisha also tries her hardest to make sure each child can experience going on field trips and not let money prevent them from going. She believes in building their foundation as well as preparing them for life. Her students are a blessing to her and I believe she is a blessing to them also.

Brittney Posted 4 months ago

Ms Ballinger is the best teacher she’s taught 3 of my babies and I love the way she teach and motivate her students I recommend my children to be in her class any day

Nancy Finklea Posted 4 months ago

I prayed for the perfect teacher for my little boy's first year of school. I was once an elementary school teacher and was able to hand-select my daughters' teachers each year. Now I knew no one at this school and was worried that my little all-boy, all-steam-ahead, all-play-all-the-time child would be too much for any teacher to handle. My prayers were answered when Haze was placed with Ms. Ballinger. She took this wild child of mine and loved him and taught him and gently corrected him. My husband and I were the only parents on a class field trip and I witnessed first hand her care and concern for ALL of her students. I strongly recommend LaKisha Ballinger for the Life Changer of the Year Award, and my little boy recommends her even more!

Courtney Moore Posted 4 months ago

She deserves this award because she goes above for her kids. And she loves what she do

charvonne hamilton Posted 4 months ago

LaKisha Ballinger deserves the Life Changer of the Year Award because she has a passion for her students that is unmatched. She treats each student with a level of compassion and respect that they will carry with them for many years to come.

Mimi Posted 4 months ago

LaKisha is one of the sweetest spirits I’ve ever met! She loves teaching and it takes mere seconds to tell that her heart is pure and she exemplifies high standards of teaching our little leaders of tomorrow!

Sequoyah Lanier Posted 4 months ago

LaKisha Ballinger deserves the Life Changer of the Year Award because she is a great educator, as well as a great person. She goes above and beyond to support her students in setting and reaching goals.

Barry Williams Sr Posted 4 months ago

Keisha has always had a passion for kids. We are so proud of how she has taken that passion to drive her professional progression in life. Your students and parents are truly blessed to have her on staff. She is deserving of The Life Changer of the Year award and any other accolades that comes her way in the future. Miss here here in Maryland.

Dabriel Pate Posted 4 months ago

Yes yes yes L. Ballinger deserves this, she's passionate and a all around life changer... I know professional and personal.. She loves her babies, go over and beyond no matter what... She's a great person I've worked along side her as her assistant to a friend so I know the unconditional love she has in her heart for each little person she has taught.. And the mark she leaves on them.... the future.... Not only on her students but others as well... You are amazing!!! Keep up the Great work I am so proud of you!

Joetta Edwards Posted 4 months ago

Ms. Ballinger is a self-motivated and hard working educator. Her enthusiasm towards her career as a teacher is heartwarming because it is important that our children have a strong academic foundation to build on as they grow. Kisha takes on additional tasks and responsibilities with ease as she works with young children in other capacities, going above and beyond what is required with a smiling face and a kind heart. She is certainly worthy of being the Life Changer of the Year!

Chemeckie Anderson Posted 4 months ago

I strongly choose Lakisha Ballinger as a lifechanger both inside and outside of the classroom. She’s a hard dedicated person!

Gabrielle Wiggins Posted 4 months ago

LaKisha is a great teacher and is very deserving of this award!

Pamela McCornell Posted 4 months ago

This is awesome, proud of all that you do. Keep pushing and reaching for the stars.

Chukuwuyere Omegbu Posted 5 months ago

I strongly endorse Lakisha Ballinger to be “Life Changer of the Year”. Ms. Ballinger is a life changer inside and outside of school. I’ve heard and seen counts times her go out of her way to make things possible for myself and others.

BRITTANY BALLINGER Posted 5 months ago

Ms. Ballinger is very deserving of this award. She goes over and beyond for her babies "students". She has a heart of gold and smile that will brighten the entire room. She has my vote!

Courtney Brown Posted 5 months ago

LaKisha is a wonderful teacher and friend. She takes pride in what she does and it shows. She has unconditional love for her students and will stop at nothing to provide them with what they need to prosper for the future. She is also God-fearing and puts God first in all that she does. And she knows that with God, all things are possible. Keep up the great work and continue to persevere!

Trashonda Dixon Posted 5 months ago

LaKisha Ballinger would be an excellent choice for the Life Changer of the Year Award. LaKisha is dedicated to God, being an educator and impacting the lives of children everyday. LaKisha always rises to the occasion. When life became hard, I watched her overcome every obstacle with dignity and grace. Because of her resilience, my life is forever changed. I can’t think of anyone more deserving than LaKisha Ballinger!!

Janika Thompson Posted 5 months ago

LaKisha Ballinger is well deserving of the Life Changer of the Year award. I've known LaKisha for a long while, working with and teaching children has always been a top priority for her. She knew very early that her purpose was to educate, challenge minds, and change lives! LaKisha is a great educator, a firm believer that the children are our future, and dedicated to making their futures as bright as possible. She pours her all into her students everyday! She always goes above and beyond the calling!

B. Saunders Posted 5 months ago

Lakisha is a woman of God foremost and a inspiration to her students and community. She works tirelessly with her students nonstop and then will work 1-2 part-time jobs to be able to help her students who may not have school supplies or proper clothing,and as well as her financial needs Lakisha doesn't hesitate to help! She does what it takes to make sure things get done! May God bless you, ?????? B. Saunders

Meia Hampton Posted 5 months ago

If no one deserves Life changer of the year Lakisha does. I met her years ago working part time at Target. She is so sweet and I knew it was something special about her that I loved and found out she was an educator. I knew it was something about her kind heart and dedication that she worked with kids just like I did. I’m so happy God placed special people in path to be positive and a prosperous role model.

Jessica S Posted 5 months ago

LaKisha Ballinger deserves the Life Changer of the Year Award because she is a great educator, as well as a great person. She is dedicated to each of her students and goes above and beyond to assure that they reach their goals.

Jacqueline Wells Posted 5 months ago

Ms. LaKisha Ballinger deserves to recieve the Life Changer of the Year Award because she is a selfless person and concerns herself with other's needs before herself. She also, as a teacher holds this same characteristic. Ms. Ballinger seeks the needs of each student at the beginning of each school year and adheres to being sure that each and every student is well taught and trained according to the lessons each student requires. Ms. Ballinger also focuses on the well being of each and every student within her class. She gives her heart when a student is in need of care and she gives monetarily to her students if anyone is lacking supplies or other necessities. Ms. Ballinger is a good recipient for the Life Changer of the Year Award due to the fact that she is well rounded, outgoing, and views life as not just her own, but as everyone working together, and assisting where she can, to make this world a better place to live.

Jenny D Bain Posted 5 months ago

I have worked with Ms. Ballinger for seven years. She works tirelessly for her children. Ms. Ballinger loves her children and does everything possible to ensure that they get the best education. She is always searching for new and innovative approaches to enhance her teaching. Ms. Ballinger is always willing to help her fellow teachers and share new ideas. She is also involved in her community through her church. Ms. Ballinger works with a Girl Sc outs Troupe. During the time that I have known her she has obtained a Master's Degree and participated in many professional development classes. Ms. Ballinger has impacted many children's lives and I am sure that she will continue to do so. I have given her the nickname of "Superwoman"!

Gloria Loper Posted 5 months ago

My granddaughter attended Baker Elementary in Pre-K and I was very impressed with her teacher and her progress. When it was time for her to go to Kindergarten she actually asked to be in Ms Ballinger’s class ??. When I asked her why, she told me that Ms Ballinger was a nice teacher. So I asked that the school considered putting her in her class. I can only say that was the best decision I made. She really did excel in her classes and she looked forward to going to school Everyday. Ms. Ballinger is a patient and attentive teacher, she cares about her students and communicates with the parents. From her start at Baker and the staff and educators there she continues to excel. Ms. Ballinger as a teacher and as a person definitely has my VOTE. Congratulations to a caring teacher. Job well done ??

Aniyah C. Posted 5 months ago

I enjoyed being in Ms.Ballinger’s kindergarten class. We had lots of fun learning activities. She was nice and expected us to always do our best! By the next school year I was very prepared to do well in my 1st grade class. I always liked going back to visit Ms. Ballinger’s kindergarten class. She is a great teacher!

T. Ates Posted 5 months ago

Ms. Ballinger was my daughter’s kindergarten teacher a few years ago. She builds positive relationships with her students, and her interactions with them shows that she cares about them. My daughter still tries to go visit Ms. Ballinger’s class every chance she gets.

Virginia Dixon Posted 5 months ago

God blessed Lakisha Ballinger with many talents that she has multiplied many times over returning so many of our little ones to the community as lifelong learners. You would think 5 year olds, with their endless energy and creativity, would not know her worth, but I've met many of her students that know exactly how much she cares about them. She's referred to as a loving mother and a cool intelligent friend. I've also known her to make sacrifices, depriving herself of care and attention, all the while attending to our children. Her classroom is always a gentle, loving, polite, and kind. I'm so proud my son was a part of that. Her giving to the community from her heart is greater than she probably imagined! She has my vote so she may know how much she is appreciated.

Kimberly Johnson Posted 5 months ago

I met Kisha during college over 15 years ago. Kisha has always been a positive and kind hearted person. The love and patience she has for her students and her community is indescribable. She deserves this award and so much more.

Nickie B Posted 5 months ago

Kisha is a amazing teacher. She is dedicated to her children in the classroom. The world need more teachers like her. She is the BEST

Melissa Dearman Posted 5 months ago

I have worked with Lakisha Ballinger for 11 years at Baker Elementary. She is the epitome of a Great Educator. In the 27 years I worked with JPS, I’ve never met a more dedicated teacher. She not only teaches her students, she enriches their lives. I never once saw her treat one child any different from the others. We have students from all backgrounds of life and they are all treated equally. As the Office Manager, when we started registering for the upcoming year, the parents would come in requesting Ms. Ballinger. Some of these parents had never had a student at Baker. Word of mouth got around what a phenomenal teacher she is. She always went above and beyond for each student at any given time. Whether it be purchasing them clothes, school Supplies, paying for their Field Trips or just sending them home with something to eat! All of her students went home with great gifts for each holiday. She spends a lot of her time and money on her students. She is also a great communicator when it comes to the parents. She gets them involved in their students’ progress and gives them tips on how to help them. I firmly believe Lakisha Bali her is the Best person for this award.

Pernetta Brown Posted 5 months ago

Ms Ballard goes over and beyond in what ever capacity she serves in. I strongly recommend she gets this award.

Ashley B Posted 5 months ago

Kisha so deserves this award! She’s so dedicated to her students. Thanks for your hard work and for the quality care you provide each and every day. Everyone is so grateful for your patience, enthusiasm, and passion.

Amy Johnson Posted 5 months ago

I went to Thee I Love Jackson State University with this outstanding lady. She cares for her students, her peers, and her community. Even after under graduate studies she has maintained a sweet caring and love for education and her community.

Amy Montes Posted 5 months ago

Kisha I pray you win this award because you deserve it and so many more! From 2014 I knew you meant business when it came to your kids!! You are definitely the title of this award and then some! You are more than a teacher or an educator you are a way maker! Keep encouraging and leading the children!

Tiffany C Posted 5 months ago

Awesome and deserving educator. I remember your perseverance at the beginning of you career. You stayed the course and it has made a difference. Congrats

Sandra Posted 5 months ago

Lakisha is a great kindergarten teacher that goes above and beyond to reach her students. She deserves to be celebrated for hard work and dedication. Her school and the community are lucky to have her.

Amy Montes Posted 5 months ago

Kisha I pray you win this award because you deserve it and so many more! From 2014 I knew you meant business when it came to your kids!! You are definitely the title of this award and then some! You are more than a teacher or an educator you are a way maker! Keep encouraging and leading the children!

Eunieca McGee Posted 5 months ago

Ms. Ballinger is one of the best teachers I know and dearly appreciate. She was my 7th grade brother’s and 9th grade sister’s kindergarten teacher, and now we’ve got the blessed opportunity to have her as my son’s teacher. Her love surpasses the classroom and I appreciate every bit of it. She is a wonderful teacher indeed!

Wilkegen Giwa Posted 5 months ago

Phenomenal Achievement LaKisha!!!!

Sonya N. Posted 6 months ago

Congratulations LaKisha! You are a great mentor for your students and our youth in the community. Throughout the years I have known you I have seen you provide love and support to many young people, including my daughter. You exemplify a caring, nurturing spirit that is a quality so needed in educators today. I believe you have the willingness and loving spirit to positively influence all of the young people you encounter. This is a well-deserved nomination!

Valerie Posted 6 months ago

Kisha is a great asset to her school. She loves her students and gets along well with the staff. She is always liking for better ways to reach her students.

Sandy Inostrosa Posted 6 months ago

CONGRATULATIONS Kisha! I first met Kisha in high school. She has always been an amazing friend, encourager, positive God fearing young lady. She always did everything from her heart and with great passion. Shes a self less individual, who sees the good in everything. I feel blessed to call her my sister, my friend.

Lorrenn Lockett Posted 6 months ago

Congratulations on the nomination Kisha. I can't think of a more caring and passionate educator than her.

Brenda Larry Posted 6 months ago

Lakisha, I guess I can say that you made a different in Aniyah and Emma education. All I heard somedays is that I want to go back to Ms. Ballinger class.

Kanesha Bennett Posted 6 months ago

Congratulations Kisha! You definitely deserve this recognition and award. So proud of you!!

Manuel R Rose Posted 6 months ago

Kisha is a dedicated caring, Loving Teacher. She is a Godfaring driven Woman. Everything she does when it comes to children's education is driven by her passion to make a difference in A world, that needs more Educators like her.

Jessica Posted 6 months ago

Great job Lakisha!!! Keep up all the great work! You are so amazing!!

Toni Jones Posted 6 months ago

This is awesome!!!!!! Ms. Ballinger, Keep up the awesome life changing work you do!!! It matters!! Daveon is proof of what's in you that you give so graciously to our children. Just think he's 10th grade now and it all started with you!!! Thank you!!!

Jayson Rose Posted 6 months ago

Kisha has a passion for her work and the kids she gets to impact on a daily basis. She is most deserving of this imagination!

Shaneka Lyons Posted 6 months ago

Kisha and I used to work together at Target, but were both going to school for education. She is very supportive and encouraging. Now that we're both teachers, she still keeps in touch and offers suggestions. She loves her job and is very passionate.

Danita Luckett Posted 6 months ago

I've know Ms.Ballinger for eight years she does an amazing job she goes above her job title to insure her students learn what needs to be learned with her students she's dedicated even after they graduate she still stays in touch with the students she taught my daughter Brenda still says tell Ms.Ballinger I said hello my baby is in the eighth grade now and she still talks about Ms.Ballinger we love Ms.Ballinger

C. Wofford Posted 6 months ago

I remember speaking to Kisha on the phone, on the morning of her first day as a Kindergarten teacher. She was nervous, but excited. I was so happy for her because I knew her dream of becoming a teacher had come true. I knew she would do well because she is passionate about teaching, loves her students and she aspires to make a difference in their lives. Keep up the great work! Congratulations!

Brianca Fizer Posted 6 months ago

Kisha is a great role model and has had a heart for children as long as I have known her. I am a product of her nurturing hand for kids and I have never forgotten the many things she’s taught me. She’s a great candidate

Sandra G Smith Posted 6 months ago

Congratulations on the nomination. LaKisha is well deserving of this nomination. She is always volunteering with the youth and the LOVE she has for her students is remarkable. She goes over and beyond making sure her students needs are met.

Chiatne Posted 6 months ago

Lakisha is an awesome teacher to say the least. I have known her for well over ten years and have experienced her positive and motivating spirit first hand. Her students love her and she is always willing to go above and beyond for them. She is truly deserving of this nomination.

Angela Pendleton Posted 6 months ago

LaKisha is a hard worker who has dedicated her time and energy to helping children not only in school, but in church also. I have seen her interact with the youth and they just love her!! She has a loving, caring spirit that draws children and young adults of all ages towards her. She is so well deserving of this award!!

Lakeisha Rose Posted 6 months ago

LaKisha Ballinger is an amazing women. I have watched her grow in her career as a teacher and have been impressed with her ability to go above and beyond for her students. I am proud to know that my big sister is changing lives everyday, she has certainly been a inspiration to myself our brother and family. LaKisha you Rock!! Keep on shining!

Chéree McCurdy Posted 6 months ago

Knowing Lakisha Ballinger as an educator is a gift and a privilege. Her dedication to the craft of teaching is inspiring. She works tirelessly to ensure that her students know that they are smart, capable, valued, and loved. She nourishes the littlest minds, planting seeds of enthusiasm and hope, trusting that they will nurture their education and produce a future full of possibilities. The genuine joy she brings to the classroom is revealed through the success of her students. They are eager to learn and willing to work hard. She inspires change, she motivates change, she promotes and encourages growth, development, success. She sees the potential in all and more importantantly she believes in it. That is why she works so hard, that is why others follow; she has a vision of success and a beautiful hope for the future.

Ashley Taylor Posted 7 months ago

Ms.Ballinger is a great teacher and she’s one of the sweetest people I know I worked With her a Baker when I was There she’s a caring person and loves kids she also encourages and gives wonderful advice.

Ashley Posted 7 months ago

I've know Kisha since her undergrad days at JSU. She has had this passion since then and it has only grown since. I hear her speak of her "babies" all the time. She desires so badly that each of them know how important they are and that they are truly cared for. Her girl scout troop means the world to her. She wants these young ladies to have experience giving back into their communities and blessing all those in their path, as well as learning how to be amazing, independent and successful young ladies. She even makes time to tutor privately. I'm glad to have her as a friend and a great example!

Deserray Coleman Posted 7 months ago

YES, IM SO THANKFUL FOR MRS.BALLINGER SHE GOES ABOVE HER DUTIES AS A TEACHER FOR MY JENNIFER...